Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Life on Land

Forests cover 30.7 per cent of the Earth’s surface and, in addition to providing food security and shelter, they are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population. By protecting forests, we will also be able to strengthen natural resource management and increase land productivity.

At the current time, thirteen million hectares of forests are being lost every year while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares. Even though up to 15% of land is currently under protection, biodiversity is still at risk. Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the fight against poverty.

Efforts are being made to manage forests and combat desertification. There are two international agreements being implemented currently that promote the use of resources in an equitable way. Financial investments in support of biodiversity are also being provided.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

5G Americas

2002 Bellevue WA USA J

A New Course

Bainbridge Island WA USA G

A Rocha International

1983 London UK F

Abolition 2000 - Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

Abolition 2000 1995 Oakland CA USA F y

Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative

AGEDI 2002 G g

Academic Council on the United Nations System

ACUNS 1987 E y

Académie d'environnement d'expression francophone, philosophique et scientifique

1977 Le Vésinet France G jv

Access Agriculture

2012 Brussels Belgium F


Monte Carlo Monaco E g

Ace Africa

2003 London UK F

Act for Peace

1948 Sydney NSW Australia G


2006 High Wycombe UK F

Acting for Life

1973 Le Bourget France G

Action for Animal Health

A4AH London UK C y

Action for Dolphins

AFD Melbourne VIC G

Action for Greening Sahel

1991 Tokyo Japan N

Action for Solidarity, Equality, Environment and Diversity

A SEED 1992 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Action for World Solidarity

1957 Berlin Germany G v

Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration

ETC Group 1983 Val-David QC Canada F

Action Plan for Protection, Development and Management of the Marine Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region

NOWPAP 1991 Busan Korea Rep F g

Action Plan for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas of the East Asian Region

EAS 1981 Bangkok Thailand F g

Action Plan for the Protection of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas in the South East Pacific

SE/PCF 1981 Guayaquil Ecuador F g

Action positive pour l'environnement et le développement en Afrique centrale

APEDAC 2002 Ndjamena Chad G

Action pour le développement - SOS Faim

SOS Faim 1964 Brussels G

Action vivre ensemble

1977 Brussels Belgium G


2014 Helsinki Finland F

Additional Protocol to the European Convention for the Protection of Animals During International Transport

1979 Strasbourg T g

Adessium Foundation

Reeuwijk G f

ADL Braun Holocaust Institute

1977 New York NY USA G j

Adventure Travel Conservation Fund

ATCF 2016 Monroe WA USA F f

Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea

ACOPS 1952 London UK E y

Aerospace Medical Association

ASMA 1929 Alexandria VA USA G y

Africa Association of Quantity Surveyors

AAQS 1999 Midrand South Africa D

Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group

ABCG 2000 Washington DC USA G y

Africa Centre for Climate and Earth Systems Science

ACCESS Rondebosch South Africa F

Africa Civil Society for the Information Society

ACSIS 2003 Dakar Senegal D

Africa Culture Internationale Human Rights

ACI Human Rights 1996 Toubacouta Senegal G

Africa Development Interchange Network

ADIN 1985 Douala Cameroon G

Africa Earth Observatory Network

AEON Port Elizabeth South Africa N

Africa Foundation

1997 Pointe Noire Congo Brazzaville G fy

Africa Fund for Fungal Biodiversity and Mycotic Infections

Utrecht Netherlands G f

Africa Leadership Forum

ALF 1988 Ota Nigeria F

Africa Network for Animal Welfare

ANAW 2006 Nairobi Kenya F

Africa Nomads Conservation

ANC Nairobi Kenya G

Africa Soil Science Society

ASSS 1986 Yaoundé Cameroon D

African Agency For Integrated Development

AAID 1998 Fort Portal G

African and Caribbean Diversity

ACD 1990 London UK G

African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment

AARSE 1992 El Jadida D y

African Biodiversity Network

ABN 2002 Thika Kenya F

African Bird Club

ABC 1994 Cambridge F